Monday, July 20, 2009
More Old Baldwyn Street Scenes
Top: A view of the East side of BHS, circa 1981. This low area was the "boiler room" where John kept a large fire going to send steam to the radiators in cold weather. "Pip", the other janitor, would sleep there during the day, hiding from Mr. Baker.
First thing that comes to mind to us guys is the concrete top over the boiler room that we would sit on... and often the temptation to "look around the chimney" would get to someone. If you recall, the outside entrance to the boy's restroom can be seen at the left of the top, and the girl's on the right. The huge windows in each bathroom (on each side of the chimney) were wide open and there was no privacy at all. I'm kidding ya'll about peeking (of course).
"Our Home Hotel" is shown in the second photo. I believe that was the trademark name. It was an amusing place to us kids. "Uncle George" Pearce, the porter, was always the most congenial host to nosy boys. He told us stories of long ago and would make our nickels disappear, but he would always find it behind our ears. His luggage cart can be seen in the photo. This photo was made in the late 30s to early 40s as best we can find out.
Third: Larry Johnson is standing behind his Dairy Bar in the mid 50s. Remember those pineapple sundaes and the "purple cow"?
Lower: A shot of Prather Auto Co. in the early 1960s. A 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 sits in the service entrance. The dealership was bought by Ralph Pennington and moved West to the highway in 1966. People in photo unknown.
Photos courtesy of Betty Smith Massengill, David Heflin, and Larry Johnson.
Posted by Carl Houston at 8:51 PM